The South African tradition of braai originated in the late 17th century as the Dutch and Huguenot settlers who were travelling into the heart of the country had no choice but to cook over open fires. Centuries later, this form of cooking is a popular national tradition - celebrated on Heritage Day (24 September). On this day, also known as Braai Day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions.
The beautiful smoky flavours of the meat and/or vegetables cooked on the open flames must be enjoyed with the perfect accompaniment: Shiraz.
This Shiraz has a dark purple hue and displays characters typical to the wines found in the Rhone Valley in France. The nose is wonderfully fragrant with violets, sweet coffee and charred oak dominating the bouquet. And this is just the right complexity for heavier, smoky, charcoaled dishes (served from the braai).